Sunday, March 25, 2012

Eating Omaha...The Twisted Cork Bistro

Last night was a beautiful evening in the Big O. Temperate and no wind, a nice night to eat al fresco. We had reservations at The Twisted Cork for 5:30. Not sure why so early but that's what they gave us and when we left at 7 the place was still pretty much empty.

I think I started the evening in sticker shock. They had a nice selection of Washington State and Oregon wines but not one under $35.  Almost everything on the menu was ala carte and entrees started at $23.00. It is a very expensive place to eat, so I expected good food and good portions.

The evening began with a lavosh pizza and a bottle of Goose Ridge G3 blend. The pizza ($11) was grand with various cheeses, artichokes and sun dried tomatoes but only 1/2 a 12 inch size pizza. Odd, no breads on the table and no salt and pepper. Salads started at $5 and up from there. A pretty moderate salad for the price. We split one.

Lori had the seared Yellow fin, Mat and Brenda had the Fin Fish duet and I had the Shellfish Duet. Lori seemed pretty happy with the tuna, seared just right with a duet of sauces. The white sauce was a wasabi aoili and complimented fish very well. My duet was comprised of 3 shrimps and 3 large scallops with a yellow curry sauce and mango. The dish was great with the exception of the mango. Several pieces were still quite cold (obviously a previously frozen ingredient)

Mat and Brenda's duet consisted of a fillet of salmon, halibut and one shrimp. Frankly the serving looked meager. One shrimp, really? Brenda's salmon was very rare. I have to confess, I like my salmon a bit more done than that. I actually finished it for her with a bit of Lori's wasabi aoili. I think Mat still looked hungry. The bill was a whopping $100 per couple by far our most expensive meal so far.  Probably not on our list to revisit. Lori has been there before for lunch and it was great so maybe a lunch spot is best.

Post script: I revisited the menu from Twisted Cork. I suppose we all got what we asked for. Perhaps the owners, from Seattle, eat their salmon a bit on the rare side. There was not much mention in the menu about how rare its going to be. Maybe I overcook my salmon ( I like it ever so on the edge of translucent and I like the edges crisp, personal preference) I do like sushi, so the raw fish thing is ok with me but I am not a huge fan of raw salmon.

So far our Eat Omaha thing has been kind of a disappointment. Nicola's is the only place I would hit again out of the three we have visited.  Next up is Mexican and we are talking about hitting Netties. I have been a SOB (South Omaha Boy) most of my life and simply have never eaten there. So, to Bellevue we go. I have in the past eaten at some great Mexican places in South Omaha. Most of them came and went, some were quite memorable especially one on Q street east of 30th street. Authentic and delicious but that place was boarded up years ago.  We'll see what happens.....

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